1. Why should I hire a wedding consultant?
For many couples, it is their very first time planning a wedding. They are confused as to where to begin, how much everything costs, and how to choose vendors. Planning a wedding is not only about choosing your colors, flowers, and menu. There are logistical matters to attend to such as the timing of events, parking situations, and knowing which vendors are reputable. We are here to guide you and to take care of all of these concerns. We are able to help save you time and money as well as your sanity so you can actually enjoy your wedding day!
2. Do you have a business license?
Yes, CW&O is a corporation and holds a business license in the DMV.
3. What types of weddings do you accommodate?
All kinds – Religious, Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military.
4. What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordination, Full Planning, Partial Planning, Consultation Only.
5. Do you accept commissions or kickbacks from any vendors?
No. We do not accept any commissions or kickbacks from vendors and will only refer qualified, reputable vendors who will best suit your needs, style, and budget.
6. Do you charge for an initial consultation?
Our initial consultations are complimentary. This is a chance for us to get to know each other to see if we’re a good fit to work together.
7. Do you charge a flat rate? What is the retainer to secure your services?
Yes, we charge a flat rate for your customized wedding planning service. In most cases, a retainer of 1/3 of the selected package price is required to secure our services. A fee schedule will be tailored to your needs prior to signing a contract.
8. How much communication will we have?
We have a policy to respond to all emails and phone messages in a timely manner. We will respond to all messages within 24 business hours.
10. How many weddings or events will you coordinate per day?
CW&O will only take one wedding or event per day per wedding consultant.
11. Will you be at my actual wedding day?
Absolutely. The wedding consultant you’ve contracted with will personally be at your event along with at least two assistants.
12. How many assistants will you have on my wedding day?
One consultant and at least two assistants will be at your wedding. We may have more assistants should you have multiple locations, a large bridal party, and/or a large guest count.
13. What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
We have coordinated weddings from just the bride and groom only to hundreds of guests.
14. Will you eat and drink during the reception and how comfortable will you make yourself?
Since weddings can turn into 10, 12, and even 14 hour days, vendor meals during your reception are much appreciated. However, we are there to do a job and will absolutely not drink any alcohol or join your guests on the dance floor.
1. When should the wedding invitations be ordered?
Wedding invitations should be ordered when the details of the ceremony and reception have been confirmed. Information such as the wedding date, time and place of your service and reception, as well as an accurate guest list count are needed when placing your invitation order. Note you will save yourself a bit of stress if you order invitations at least three months before the wedding.
2. When should wedding invitations be mailed?
Invitations should be mailed approximately eight weeks before the ceremony.
3. Are any special arrangements made for out-of-town guests?
It’s a good idea to send a “save-the-date card” to your out-of-town guests. The card is usually sent six to twelve months before the wedding. This is the first news your guests have of the wedding. It typically includes information about the wedding and any special accommodations which you have for them.
4. What are considered traditional wedding invitations?
Traditional wedding invitations are white, ivory or ecru with or without a panel. Traditional invitations may be thermographed (raised printing) or engraved. Thermographed invitations are less expensive and imitate the look of engraving.
5. What are considered contemporary wedding invitations?
Contemporary invitations are those that offer a variety of different themes, designs, folds, trends, and beautiful colors.
6. May guests be invited to a reception and not the wedding itself?
Yes, if the wedding service is attended only by relatives and close friends.
7. Are wedding announcements ever sent to anyone who has been invited to the ceremony or reception?
No. Wedding announcements are only sent to those people who were not invited to the ceremony or reception.
8. Are wedding invitations envelopes addressed formally?
Yes. Abbreviations should not be used except for Mr., Mrs., Jr. or Dr.
9. Is it correct to use ‘and family’ when addressing the invitations envelopes?
No. Separate invitations should be sent to each adult family member living in the same home, whenever possible. For small children, address the outer envelope to their parents and write their first names on the inner envelopes under their parent’s names.
10. What is the purpose of the tissue included with my wedding invitation order?
In the past, tissues were used to guard against ink smears. Today’s printing methods insure that the ink is dry before the invitations leave the printing plant, so the tissues are no longer necessary. However, many continue to use the tissue as part of their wedding ensemble for aesthetic reasons and for the sake of tradition.
11. How should the wedding invitation be inserted into the envelopes?
The invitation is folded and put in the inner envelope (the smaller envelope) with the folded edge down and the front of the invitation facing the back of the envelope. The envelope is then placed in the envelope with the front of the inner envelope facing the back of the outer envelope.
12. When should the announcements be mailed?
Announcements should be mailed a day or two after the wedding.
1. Is it necessary to send a thank you to someone I have thanked in person?
It is considered socially correct to always send a written thank you note even if you have thanked someone in person.
2. When should the thank you notes be mailed?
A written thank you note should be sent as soon as possible after receiving the gift. Normally this is within two to three weeks of receipt.
3. Is there a tactful way to thank someone for a monetary gift?
When writing a thank you note for money it is not necessary or advisable to mention the amount. Instead, refer to it as “your generous gift,” or something similar. It is also tasteful to mention how you plan to use the money.
4. At the bride and groom’s table, where does the bride sit?
The bride is seated at the groom’s right.
5. With divorced parents, who attends the reception?
Both may attend if agreeable by all, or separate receptions may be given.
6. Who reads the congratulatory messages aloud?
The best man reads any congratulatory messages that are received.
7. Who proposes the first toast?
The best man proposes the first toast to the bride and groom.
8. Who cuts the first piece of cake?
The bride, with the groom’s right hand over hers, cuts the first piece of cake. The couple breaks the slice and eats it together. A friend or waiter then finishes serving the cake.
9. What happens if other couples start dancing before the bride and groom at the reception?
When the newlyweds appear, everyone should stop dancing. Then the bride and groom waltz once around the floor solo.
10. Is the groom obligated to dance with someone besides his bride?
Yes, the groom is obligated to dance with his mother, mother-in-law, and the maid of honor.